Sirianni spent the last three seasons with the Colts. It is important to note that he did not call plays during his time there as that was the responsibility of head coach Frank Reich.
Sirianni’s NFL career began in 2008 when he was an assistant coach with the Kansas City Chiefs. He was there for four seasons before spending another five with the Chargers. Sirianni served as the quarterbacks coach in 2014 and 2015 with the Chargers.
Now, at 39 years old, Sirianni will take over for the recently dismissed Doug Pederson in Philadelphia. There were whispers around the league that the Eagles had narrowed their list down to Sirianni and Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. At 44 years old, McDaniels would have brought just slightly more experience to the position. But Sirianni reportedly impressed Eagles ownership in a recent interview. The extensive interview process reportedly began Tuesday and continued into the following day.
It had already been reported that owner Jeffrey Lurie had demonstrated an interest in younger coaches. He said recently that he wants someone who is “constantly curious of where the league is headed.”
Despite fielding a variety of quarterbacks that included Andrew Luck, Jacoby Brissett and Phillip Rivers in the past couple of seasons, the Colts have managed to field a consistently strong offense. Indy’s offense has finished in the top-10 in two of the previous three seasons. The Colts were ninth in scoring and 10th in yards per game, and finished with an 11-5 record. Rivers, who recently announced his retirement, threw for 4,169 yards this past season with 24 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
Sirianni’s experience coaching different quarterbacks will be of particular use to the Eagles. Their supposed franchise QB Carson Wentz turned in the worst season of his career last year, leading the league in interceptions and sacks. Rookie Jalen Hurts showed signs of promise in his four starts, particularly in the Eagles’ upset of the New Orleans Saints in Week 14, but Philly would go on to lose its next three games. For these reasons, the quarterback position remains a question of concern in Philadelphia.
The Eagles were thorough in their coaching search after dismissing Pederson on Jan. 11. They interviewed Arthur Smith, Robert Saleh, Jerod Mayo, Joe Brady, Kellen Moore, Duce Staley, Todd Bowles, Dennis Allen, McDaniels and Sirianni.
Pederson was just three years removed from a Super Bowl title but the Eagles’ 4-11-1 performance last season proved to render his three straight playoff appearances meaningless.
Sirianni will now be tasked with getting the Eagles back on track - and fast.